Minutes: Southeast Neighbors March 2015 General Meeting

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 10, 6:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: Good Samaritan Eugene Village, 3500 Hilyard St Eugene, OR


Heather Sielicki, President, Madronna Holden Vice President

Board Members:  Len Epstein, Emily Fox, Debbie Hebert, David Saul, Lealan Swanson, Bill Zwicker

Total attendance of 24

I. Salad Potluck

Our guests from , Friends of Trees, City of Eugene Transportation Dept, North American Butterfly Assoc., Eugene Garden Club, Stormwater Connections, Suburban Permaculture,  and Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP). chatted with neighbors while we enjoyed a variety of salads.

II. Introductions

Each of the guest organizations introduced themselves.

Eric Burke  with  Friends of Trees described their programs to promote tree-growing  and preservation. In neighborhoods they help homeowners plant  appropriate street and yard trees. They have a green space program that focuses on developing tress in neglected open spaces and also a program to train  tree-planting volunteers and  volunteer team leaders.

Lindsay Selser with City of Eugene Transportation options announced this year’s Sunday Streets events occurring downtown on  7/26  and in the Friendly neighborhood on 9/20. She also described the Smart Trips program that provides personalized travel and commute info, and car pool matching. They are also planning special events including a  free bike repair clinic and  group bike rides.

Camille Noel was representing the Eugene Garden Club,  and the  Lane County Dahlia Society . The Eugene Garden Club meetings are open to all next week’s meeting on 3/17 features a presentation on Clematis. The Dahlia Society meets at the Campbell Center on the first Thursday of the month February through November. These meeting are also free and open to the public.

The North American Butterfly Association  works to maintain and preserve habitat, educate the public about butterflies and also sponsors butterfly counts to gather information about butterfly populations.

Jan Spencer with Suburban Permaculture  spoke about the upcoming  2015 Northwest Regional Permaculture Convergence which will take place in the  River Road neighborhood three  miles northwest of downtown Eugene. August 28, 29, 30.  Site tours, panels and presentations, on site projects.

Ashley Chesser described  the Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) educational and advocacy campaigns. They are working to discourage nurseries from pre-treating plants with pesticides that  are harmful to pollinators. They also help homeowners solve pest problems with info and advice on pesticide alternatives .

III. Elections

Membership voted via secret ballot  to

  • Adopt revised Southeast Neighbors Charter
  • Support the Boards Cell Tower Advisory Statement as sent on Jan. 14 2015
  • Join Eugene Neighbors Inc (ENI)
  • Send the Mayor And City  Council an advisory statement requesting continued funding  for Association mailings

IV.  Announcements

Steve Cary, Board President for the ‘Edgewood Pool and Community Center’ (http://edgewoodpool.org/) announced that the pool is currently recruiting new board members.

Robin  with Edgewood Elementary school garden project  announced that they are restarting the garden which has been inactive for some time.  A work party is planned for the morning of Saturday April 11.

Heather announced  ECO-School Network electronics recycling drive at NextStep. Charlemagne, Camas Ridge, and Edgewood Elementary students will compete to collect the most unwanted electronics during the month of April.

Heather announced the upcoming School Garden work party at Camas Ridge School on Sunday March 15.

Heather announced  the ongoing food drive at Camas Ridge elementary school  (March 9-18) Bins to collect non-perishable foods are located near the main entrance. This drive will help provide for low-income families during the spring break.

V. Neighborhood Update

Heather summarized  recent board activity and news items:

Amazon Headwaters fundraising for legal debts is ongoing. Over $5,000 has been raised to date but we still need to raise additional $30,000.

A new PUD application has been filed for the Chemotee Trails project. A 10 lot residential development on West Amazon near Fox Hollow road.

4J School district announced that the Village School is  negotiating to acquire the Dunn School site and that the Charlemagne French Immersion school program will be moving from their current site to the Parker School building next term.

Eugene PD has announced increased DUI patrols  and increased enforcement of  the leash rules on the Ridgeline trails.

Map Your Neighborhood program is still available to help organize neighborhoods block by block.

May 2 is National Wildfire Day – reminder to take precautions to prevent fires and protect homes.

SEN has been active with work parties in Tugman Park. Planted 13 new trees, also working on suppressing invasive weeds in several areas. Next work party will be scheduled in April.

Placemaker Grants of up to $500 sponsored by the Realtors Assoc.  are available to help with small community projects. Deadline for applications is  March 31.

The New Generations Film Festival is seeking entrants and community support. The film competition is open to Eugene Middle and High School Students. There is no cost to enter the competition. Films will address the theme :  “Love Where You Live”. Submissions must be received by Monday April 27. Email  NEWGENERATIONFF@GMAIL.COM for more info.

Community Garden Plot registration for new gardeners closes at 5 pm on Monday, March 16, 2015. More info and  application form available here

Southeast Neighbors Annual board elections are coming up at our next general meeting in May.

V.   Urban Permaculture Landscaping

Jan Spencer gave a brief presentation on landscaping ideas to maximize sustainability and productivity. He shared images of many improvement projects that leverage under-used space to  produce more food on a small suburban homestead and use resources that may typically be wasted. A rainwater collection system diverts rainfall from the storm water system to be used on the property for irrigation. A variety of trellis structures support plants that can grow upwards to provide shade and produce more in less space.


The meeting adjourned shortly after 8:30 PM.

2 thoughts on “Minutes: Southeast Neighbors March 2015 General Meeting

  1. Can you provide more information on Map Your Neighborhood?


    Lynn Lary

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